Whip-Up a Farmers’ Market Green Smoothie for Dogs

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Whip-Up a Farmers’ Market Green Smoothie for Dogs

So what is a "smoothie bowl" anyway? Well, think of it as a thicker version of a traditional smoothie that you eat with a spoon rather than drink from a glass. It has all of that refreshing sweet and yummy goodness of a fruits-and-greens smoothie, but served in a bowl and topped with add-ons, such as something crunchy or a few fresh berries. It's just a bit more #extra.

Making a smoothie bowl is a super-simple, 10-minute, chop-and-blend process. It's especially delicious on a hot summer day when local farmers' markets are a feast of fresh seasonal produce, and you yearn for something lighter than ice cream, but still smooth, cold and sweet. It's a safe bet that your dog is also looking for a cool treat, and this is one idea that's perfect for both of you.

Recipe developer, cookbook author and food blogger Alison Lewis adjusted a basic smoothie bowl recipe using fresh and other ingredients (and omitted any additional sweeteners or dairy products) that are safe for pups to eat to make a healthy, nutrient-rich, naturally-sweet DIY dog treat. Note that in this video we doubled the recipe to feed a pack, but refer to the specific recipe below to make enough for one or two dogs to have an appropriate-sized treat (with a bit left over for day two).

Finally, we know once you get a wag of approval from your pup that you'll be thinking, "hey, I want a smoothie bowl, too." So, we've added instructions for a version for you with just a few pantry-ready swaps.  Whether you make this in summer with fresh produce or in the dead of winter with ingredients from the frozen foods section of your grocery store, a smoothie bowl is great way to get the all the benefits of fruits and vegetables in a way that's fun for dog and humans alike to eat.

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Photo: Chewy Studios

Ingredients

1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 banana

1/3 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple chunks

1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach

2 tablespoons chopped frozen mango

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cucumber

1/2 to 1 cup ice

1 teaspoon fresh blueberries (optional)

Stella & Chewy's Stella's Super Beef Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper (optional)

Supplies

Cutting Board

Sharp knife

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Blender

Serving bowl and spoon

Yield:
2-4 servings

Serving size:
1/2 to 1 cup

Prep time:
10 minutes

Total time:
10 minutes


Instructions

1 Prep and chop all fresh ingredients into chunks for easy blending.

Thoroughly wash cucumber and spinach and cut into 1-inch sized pieces. Peel banana and cut fruit into small chunks. If using fresh pineapple, peel, core, and cut into small chunks.  Measure out frozen mango. 
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2Add chicken broth, prepped fruits and vegetables (banana, pineapple, spinach, mango, cucumber) and ½ cup ice to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more ice for thicker consistency.

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3 Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of the finished smoothie into a dog bowl or small bowl. (Note: As with all treats, serving size will vary according to your dog's size and weight.) 

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4 Give it a nice crunch with a bit of crumbled Stella & Chewy's Stella's Super Beef Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper and up the nutrients even more with a few fresh blueberries (high in antioxidants) sprinkled over the prepared smoothie bowl. Serve immediately.

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5 Looks so good, right? Adjust recipe to make a smoothie bowl for you, too!

To turn this dog-safe smoothie bowl into a treat for yourself, simply combine the same ingredients as above, substituting coconut water or pineapple juice for the chicken broth. Garnish with a sprinkle of blueberries and some crunchy granola.
To ensure proper food safety, refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container within 1 hour of preparation and consume within 3 days. This fresh ingredients smoothie recipe was designed for dogs and reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If your pet has health issues (including food allergies or sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

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